Globalfest is a festival of fireworks usually held a few weeks after the Calgary Stampede at Elliston Park. There are other performances and good food celebrating cultural diversity, but we all know what the main draw is: the fireworks! Go early, bring bug spray, lawn chair and enjoy the show with some amazing food. Parking can be quite a challenge and the roads around Elliston Park are shutdown. Consider parking many blocks away or take public transit.
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Calgary Central Library
Completed in 2018, the Calgary Central Library is a beautiful piece of architecture costing close to $250 million dollars. Located in the revitalized Downtown East Village behind the Calgary Municipal Building, it is a welcomed place to just be around. Conference rooms and children’s play area are available free of charge and a library card is free as well! I especially appreciate the section of books relating to Calgary and its history.
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You can’t talk about Calgary tourism without mentioning those 10 days in July kicking off with the parade on the first Friday of the month. The Calgary Stampede is a celebration of Western Canadian culture featuring cowgirls, cowboys, rodeo, chuck wagons, pancakes and more. It’s like a citywide 10 day party with fireworks every night. The stampede grounds is the epicentre of the fun and excitement, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing going on in town. Split up the afternoon rodeo and evening chuck wagon races if you plan to see both. We made the mistake of seeing both in one day once and it was just too much.
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